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Miltary Service Checklist


31st Balloon Company Baseball Team, Ft. Knox, KY

It’s help­ful to get a quick look at what mil­i­tary ser­vice records can or do exist for your ances­tors, as these records can pro­vide a wealth of information.

While I intend to take this list of ances­tors back to the French-and-Indian Wars, tonight, I will just go back to the first World War.

My father served in the US Navy dur­ing World War II, but never left the con­ti­nen­tal U.S. He spent most of his time in NAD Hastings, Nebraska and NAS Norfolk, Virginia. There was also a stint in the brig.

His father, Lawrence Lake Jones, fought over­seas in World War I, and served in the occu­pa­tion of Germany, or at least that is what the lore says. This is sup­ported by what appears on his military-issued grave­stone, as it lists him as hav­ing served in the 26th Infantry, which fought in France and occu­pied Germany.

Ernest Melvin Hill, my mater­nal grand­fa­ther, was in the 31st Balloon Company, Aviation Section, U. S. Signal Corps, sta­tioned at Fort Henry Knox, Kentucky. He was a chauf­feur 1st class and a mechanic.

I real­ized by look­ing at these folks that I had not pulled Ernie Hill’s mil­i­tary ser­vice record, which is prob­a­bly avail­able. I also know that some­times a record is recov­ered from the freeze-dried records of the St. Louis per­son­nel office. So I should ask about my grand­fa­ther Lawrence Lake Jones’s records … just in case.

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